Tripura and Mizoram have undertaken digitalisation of the rationing management under the Centre’s “End to End Computerisation of PDS Operation Scheme”. This is curb frauds and scams in the Public Distribution System (PDS).
An official of Tripura’s Food, Civil Supplies, and Consumer Affairs Department said that 37, 04,816 people in Tripura are getting the essentials from the 1,810 fair price shops through 9,14,556 ration cards. He also said – “Tripura is the pioneer in the entire northeastern region in digitising the PDS management. Through the digitalisation of all 1,810 fair price shops in Tripura, rice, wheat, sugar and other essentials are being given to the people. Though Tripura implemented the scheme in the entire state, some northeastern states are yet to complete the task. After the computerisation of the PDS, 62,173 fake ration cards were identified. Around 2,81,000 people were holding these bogus ration cards.”
An official of Mizoram’s Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department said – “With a new system in place, bogus ration cards, fake number of people and other scams would be identified and unearthed. With Aadhaar number seeding, the end-to-end computerisation of the PDS would ensure transparency at various levels of the essential supply system.”
The “End to End Computerisation of PDS Operation Scheme” is a joint initiative of the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, and the National Informatics Centre. It is being introduced in all the states and union territories of India. - IANS